By Stacey Leasca
Updated: August 06, 2018

A pilot and four passengers were killed on Sunday after their twin-engine Cessna crashed into a parking lot in Santa Ana, California.

According to ABC, the five people on board included Navid Hakami, 32, of Los Angeles, and Bay Area residents Scott Shepherd, 53, Lara Shepherd, 42, Floria Hakami, 62, and Nasim Ghanadan, 29.

The five people were reportedly taking a work-related trip when the flight took a horrifying turn as it nose-dived into a parked car in a Staples parking lot, instantly killing those on board. Miraculously, no one on the ground was injured.

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“If he did do anything that prevented him from going anywhere else that was more crowded, he did a great job. Unfortunately, it was tragic that five people died on the plane,” Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority told reporters.

The plane was on its final approach to John Wayne Airport when it crashed. The pilot reportedly sent out a mayday a few moments before impact, according to The New York Times. A witness told CBS that the plane made a “sputtering noise” as it came down.

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“You just felt the ground move,” Emma Gonzales, who works at the Buffalo Wild Wings in the strip mall where the plane crashed, told The New York Times.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are now investigating the crash, and will likely use the videos shared to social media to help figure out exactly what went wrong in the tragic crash. According to an FAA database, the aircraft is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company Category III.

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